Doug Bafford received his bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and his master’s degree in anthropology from Brandeis University, where he is a current Ph.D. candidate. His research concerns the comparative study of epistemological and cosmological dimensions of religious life, for which he has designed and conducted ethnographic projects among young Muslims on the East Coast and evangelical Christians in Kentucky. His current work examines the intersection of scientific and religious discourse within missionary communities in a globalized context. In addition to anthropological research, he has taught and assisted with courses in English writing, Spanish language, and anthropology since 2010. This is his third year with the MKTYP, having served variously as a writing instructor and tutor over the past two academic years. More information about his research and teaching may be found here.
Tim Hickey received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Brandeis and an M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago. He is a professor of Computer Science and his current research interests include computer supported learning, 3d game design, and brain/computer interface design. He teaches a wide variety of Brandeis courses including 3-D Animation as wellas Computer Graphics, Web Application Development, and Mobile Game Design. He has been teaching at Brandeis since 1984. Professor Hickey has been an instructor for the TYP since 1992. He was awarded the Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer ’69 and Joseph Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring in 2012.
Sarah holds a B.A. in psychology from Boston University and received her master’s degree at Brandeis in 2012. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in psychology at Brandeis University. Her research in the Laboratory for Biological Health Psychology utilizes facial coding analysis to examine links between emotional and biological stress responses. After serving as a teaching fellow since 2010, Sarah recently received the prestigious University Prize Instructorship award to develop and teach an advanced undergraduate seminar. She taught this multi-disciplinary class in the spring of 2015, entitled “Pathways and Mechanisms Linking Emotions to Mental and Physical Health.” Sarah will also teach graduate-level research methods at Brandeis in the fall of 2015.Joseph Martin
Joseph Martin received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Dickinson College and an M.A. in mathematics from Brandeis University. He worked in the computer industry in the fields of 3D computer-aided design and drafting, software development tools, operating systems, and graphics processor computing. His current research interest is in stream computing techniques for number theory. Mr. Martin taught TYP mathematics from 2002 to 2005.
Dr. Craig Bruce Smith earned his PhD in American History from Brandeis University. He currently holds teaching positions at Brandeis and Tufts University. Dr. Smith specializes in the American colonial, revolutionary, and early republican eras. His book manuscript, "Rightly to Be Great: Honor, Virtue, Ethics and the American Revolution," is under review for publication. Currently, he is researching his new project, “Redemption: The American Revolution, Ethics, and Abolitionism in Britain and the United States.”
Sarah Sutton received her B.A. from Brown University in History and Literary Arts, and her M.A. in American History at Brandeis, where she is now completing her Ph.D. Sarah's dissertation is a history of milk and dairy farming in New England. Sarah has taught in the University Writing Program for five years, and her courses have covered topics including the history of environmentalism and issues surrounding food and farming in modern America. Sarah has a decade of experience working as a professional writer. A former newspaper reporter, her essays have appeared on NPR. She currently co-directs the Brandeis Writing Center.